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Search continues for Ottawa Chamber director replacement

Palmer announced retirement last month

The Ottawa Area Chamber Board is in the middle of their transition plan to find a replacement for its executive director after Boyd Palmer announced his retirement last month after 15 years.

Chairwoman Angie Stevenson said a transition and search committee was formed and a position opening was posted on Oct. 1 and applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 1.

The committee will then narrow down the candidates and the final three will interview with the full Chamber Board. The board hopes to have the position filled by the end of the year.

The position includes targeting potential member businesses for recruitment, expand member benefits, develop a strategic plan, partner with the city of Ottawa and regional economic development corporations, develop relations with major employers and more.

The full position description and qualification requirements can be viewed at the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce website ottawachamberillinois.com/posting.

Candidates should email the application packet, including a cover letter stating qualifications and their interest in the position, resume, and three professional references by Friday, Nov. 1, to ottawachamber61350@gmail.com, Attn: Angie Stevenson, Board Chair.

"While Boyd's retirement will leave a void, we are dedicated to hiring a professional to assist our Chamber in moving forward," Stevenson said.

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